IHE Members Norland College Earn Gold Award as 2018 TEF Results Announced

The Office for Students announced the results of this year’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessments on 6 June 2018. IHE members Norland College were one of six independent providers to receive a Gold award.

In this second year of full TEF awards, 33 new entrants chose to take part, bringing the total number of higher education providers participating to 296. Of the remaining providers, 183 kept their award from 2017, 31 had a valid award from 2017 and reapplied and 49 had an expiring award from 2017 and reapplied.

46 independent providers of higher education took part and received gold, silver, bronze and provisional awards. As access to the common higher education metrics is still being phased in for independent providers, 22 of these received a Provisional award, confirming that they meet rigorous national quality requirements but do not yet have sufficient data for a full assessment.

This year’s TEF incorporated some significant differences from the first year, including a supplementary metric based on the new Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data, as well as the use of absolute values alongside the benchmarked data.

LEO offers a rich source of new data on graduate employment and earnings, but is not yet available for independent providers and cannot yet count graduates who are partly or fully self-employed, such as those with portfolio careers in the creative industries and the gig economy.

Most independent providers are yet to participate in TEF, and it will take a few years for the core metrics to be suitably sensitive to their diverse student populations and delivery models. IHE will continue to work with the Office for Students and sector partners to help TEF fulfil its potential as a trusted and comprehensive review of the student experience across UK higher education.

Alex Proudfoot, IHE’s Chief Executive, said:

“It’s fantastic to see our members Norland College recognised for their excellent teaching and high standards which have led Norland nannies to be the world’s most highly sought after childcare professionals, and their graduate outcomes speak for themselves.

“We remain committed to the further development of TEF as it fills an important gap in the student information landscape and rightly rebalances the priorities of higher education institutions more towards teaching. It is important, however, that too much emphasis is not placed on absolute values or blunt earnings data without the necessary context.

“More work is needed to ensure that the metrics used do not discourage providers from admitting students from different educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, or from offering a diverse range of disciplines and delivery models. I look forward to helping the TEF team tackle these challenges and contributing to the independent review which will take place next year.”


  • Independent Higher Education is the UK membership organisation and national representative body for independent providers of higher education, professional training and pathways. We are one of only three representative bodies of higher education in the UK. Further information can be found at our website – http://www.independenthe.com/. We can also be found on Twitter @independent_HE.
  • The full list of ratings for each higher education provider is available at www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/teaching/tef-outcomes/ together with the award summaries, underlying metrics and the submissions provided in support of the assessments.
  • TEF metrics are attributed to the teaching institution. Where the teaching institution is different from the awarding institution in a franchise agreement, data for students at the teaching institution is not attributed to the awarding institution.
  • TEF awards will also be published on Unistats and the UCAS websites.
  • On 6th June 2018